The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has apprehended five individuals implicated in a fraudulent scheme involving the misappropriation of Sh20.3 million from the Laikipia East National-Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).

According to EACC spokesperson Eric Ngumbi, the funds were ostensibly allocated for the “Thome -Tharua road” project during the 2016/2017 Financial Year. However, investigations revealed that no such project existed, and the suspects concocted the scheme to account for the stolen funds from the NG-CDF.

The commission further discovered that the embezzled amount was likely shared among other senior government officials. The suspects are currently detained at Nyahururu Police Station and are scheduled to appear before the Nyahururu Anti-Corruption Court on Monday.

During the investigation, it was found that between October 6, 2015, and March 14, 2017, the suspects conspired to misappropriate Sh20,391,000 under the guise of payments for the construction of the Thome-Tharua Road. However, the NG-CDF Board had not approved such a project, and no construction work had been undertaken.

The EACC revealed that the road project was a ghost project fabricated as a conduit for siphoning public funds. Additionally, there was no approved procurement plan or budget for the alleged project, indicating clear financial misconduct and fraudulent activities.

The suspects are set to face charges including conspiracy to commit corruption, financial misconduct, making fraudulent payments for services not rendered, fraudulent acquisition of public property, and failure to comply with laws governing the management of public funds.

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